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My name is Russ, and I am getting out after 9 and a half years in.  I was wondering if you all could tell me what like is like as a Learner Operator?  I just did Duke's phone pre-assesment, and am waiting for them to call me.


I believe that the learner operator position is a non-licensed operator.  Search the site for NLO, non licensed operator or auxiliary operator.

If working in a Commercial Nuclear Power Plant is what you want to do, consider most job openings that you think that you are qualified for.  Sometimes just getting hired into a company is difficult and it may open up many other positions that are not posted outside the company.  Some companies only hire new operators every fuel cycle which could be 18 or 24 months.  That is a long time to sit around waiting for an opening, but during that time you could have taken an Electrical or I&C maintenance position.

Right, NLO is what I applied for.  They sent me an email and said they had reviewed my resume and would like me to do the pre-assesment.  I did that and now I am waiting for them to call me, supposed to be this comeing friday.  I was just trying to find out from any NLO's out there, what life is like while you are going through training and then once you are qualified.

I have already read in other threads what the schedule is like once you are qualified.  Can anyone tell me what it is like while you are still training?  Also, how long are you in training before you are qualified?  I don't know anyone that has gotten out and gone to work at a plant, so I have no clue what it is like to work for one.


Average time in school and qualifying is anywhere from 40 some weeks to 70 some weeks.

During class it's 40 hour weeks, either 5 eights or 4 tens.

Has Duke contacted you yet??


No, when I took the "phone" test it asked which day was good to call, so I told them Friday (I was taking the test on a Thurs).  This Friday will be the third Friday since the test, so I'm not sure if they are still interested or what.  I guess only time will tell. 

Do any of you have any experience with other types of power plants (i.e. fossil fuel and hydro)?  I know this is a "nuke" based forum, but have any of you left the nuke world and gotten any other jobs out there, if so, what kind?

Thanks for the info!


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